Recently a number of games have received a bit of an upgrade for the next gen consoles. With remastered editions of Tomb Raider and The Last of Us now available, and looking better than ever, it seems a good time to consider other possible games that ought to be given a little tender loving care.
We've put our heads together and chosen some of our favourite titles which we'd love to see in full HD glory.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
It is really tough to pick just one game that I would remaster. There are several games that would be perfect for re-released on the latest consoles, however the one game that does immediately stick out in my mind is Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
On the whole, it's fair to say that the game is starting to feel a little dated now by modern standard. It plays smoothly and it's as much fun as it ever was, but graphically it just doesn't hold up to the latest titles out there.
For me, CoD 4 is a game that I will no doubt return to again and again, as I'm sure it will be for many of the franchise's biggest fans. After all, this is the Call Of Duty game that kick started the series into high gear and catapulted it into the kind of popularity that meant all of its successors became the must have title of the year. The main campaign and the characters like Captain Price and Soap MacTavish alone are what interested me about this series. I would simply love the opportunity to play through my favourite mission, 'All Ghillied Up', with an enhanced soundtrack and high definition graphics. Naturally, equally as alluring is the prospect of an upgraded multiplayer which would not doubt be a draw for every hardcore CoD fan.
Having only just replayed it, my choice for a game that I would love to see remastered is Dead Space. Before my replay I had forgotten how atmospheric and detailed the first game in the franchise really is - from the environments to the necromorphs, Visceral Games really did a fantastic job with bringing Isaac Clarke's struggle aboard the Ishimura to life on screen. Whilst it's great on the last gen consoles, imagine how it would look on the PS4 and Xbox One. The colours, lighting and detailing increased tenfold, making what is an already terrifying experience into something that might be able to give the likes of Outlast and the recent upcrop of Indie horror games a run for their money.
Slick and detailed necromorphs charging at Isaac down a poorly lit, almost black corridor? Sign me up immediately!
Final Fantasy VIII
Arguably any of the Final Fantasy games from the Nineties deserve a remastered edition, but my personal favourite would have to be number eight in the series.
This game originally captured my soul when it was first released. Thanks to its beautiful musical score and sumptuous character and level design, I couldn't help but be drawn into the magical, dieselpunk world it created. It's the attention to detail throughout that instantly causes me to name this a must have on the remake bandwagon. Of course what many remember most about FFVIII is it's epic opening cinematic; featuring the games two main rivals facing off in an epic duel with a rousing operatic soundtrack providing an accompaniment. But just imagine what it'd be like to have the whole game looking and sounding that good throughout!
The only thing I'm on the fence about is the prospect of voice actors taking on the rolls of some of my favourite characters in gaming. I can't imagine they'd ever sound like they do in my head.
Ever since playing Pokémon Stadium on the N64 many years ago I’ve always wanted one thing… a Pokémon game for the home console along the same lines of the handheld series.
What I would like to see is a remake of Pokémon Yellow for the Wii U. A third-person perspective in a lush cel-shaded environment (possibly similar art style to the new Legend of Zelda title) with the gamepad acting as your bag for all your potions, Poké balls, antidotes, TM/HMs, your map and even the Pokédex leaving the main screen clear so as much as the environment is on display as possible. In terms of battling, sticking to the turn based system is a must with the gamepad displaying the moves, their stats as well as other options to run and access your bag. There’s also the idea of having an online option where you can let other players into your game to battle with, go explore areas together or team up and participate in double battles against NPCs or even different people in your game.
Honestly I could go into a lot more detail about why this would be amazing but I have the upsetting feeling that Nintendo could have quite easily made a (real) Pokémon game for the home console if they wanted. I’ll still dream of a day when I get to see Pikachu following me on a home console though.
Soul Reaver: Legacy of Kain
Legacy of Kain was recently given new life in the online battle game, Nosgoth, developed by Psyonix for Steam. However, a decade before that, the series was solely a single player experience.
Five games which encompassed a convoluted, but epic, storyline about a pair of time-travelling vampires in a bleak fantasy world and on a quest to rewrite their brutal history. After 2003’s Legacy of Kain: Defiance, the series was left frustratingly unfinished and fans have been crying out for some closure ever since. The most popular title of the series was undoubtedly 1999’s action adventure Soul Reaver: Legacy of Kain. The game was notable for a number of reasons and – with its vaguely open world structure, as well as its complex narrative and incredible voice acting – Soul Reaver has been in high demand for a HD release ever since. If you ask me it's severely overdue for one. Whilst a new next-gen Legacy of Kain was at one point in development, the project was ultimately cancelled by Square Enix in 2012 as they feared it would not meet their sales projections (just go google Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun). However, by updating Soul Reaver and releasing it as a next gen exclusive, they could reintroduce everyone to the franchise as well as investing relatively few resources as they already have the original game to use as a jumping off point. The success of such a game may well lead to a restored interest in this series, and give the fans the closure they needed way back when, as well as open up the world of Nosgoth for future adventures featuring whole new storylines and characters.
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It's hard to pick so few games, even when they're our favourites.
Are there any we've missed that we simply must include?
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